|Title||Mental illness: a modern-day leprosy?|
|Publication Type||Journal Article|
|Authors||Amerongen DI, Cook LH|
|Abbrev. Journal||J Christ Nurs|
|Journal||Journal of Christian nursing : a quarterly publication of Nurses Christian Fellowship|
|Year of Publication||2010|
|Keywords||Attitude to Health, Bible, Humans, Leprosy, Mental Disorders, Mental Health, Mentally Ill Persons, Prejudice, Sick Role, Social Perception, Spirituality, Stereotyping|
Leprosy in the ancient world involved quarantine from family and society and great stigma. Similarly, mental illness today can involve separation, lost potential, and stigma. As with leprosy, most people misunderstand etiology, treatment, and prognosis in mental illness. Nurses are in a key position to educate, intervene, and improve mental health outcomes.